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Yoda friend! I've made this once before, when I was just starting out, but way better this is. Had good paper for it, and spent probably twice as long as necessary to get it just right. Was worth it! Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata.


 
 

I really enjoy the Amsterdam track in Mario Kart 8. Not as many famous landmarks, but racing through the canals is a very fun touch. I will say though, probably some of my least favorite music in the game. But given it's the Dutch stage...yeah checks out.

 
 

Space Pirates: "We will make them pay for their arrogance, for even ghosts can be destroyed." Also Space Pirates: "Our science bros tried to roll people into balls. It didn't work. We nope'd out of that with quickness."

 
 

Why yes, I do own Metroid Prime like three different ways now. Why no, I don't regret it. Stupid game is just too dang good.

 
 

From early reviews, sounds like Octopath 2 still has the problem of party members disappearing during each other's story beats. Such a shame! I loved everything about the original except that. Especially since Live-A-Live showed anthologies done right.

 
 

Baten Kaitos remasters WHAT?! Hold me.

 
 

One hour into Hi-Fi Rush, and this is great so far. I'm not musically gifted by any means, but games where the environment moves to music are always a blast. Fun game, no bullshit, lovely art and writing that reminds me of Spider-verse; oh yeah, I'm in.

 
 

I'm somewhat surprised by how well FE is reviewing, and after I decided I could probably skip at that. Gonna wait for a bit more word-of-mouth, but otherwise I might still have to get on this after all.

 
 

Just finished Pokémon Violet, and I must say that I really liked the endgame. It went places I didn't think it would go! If this game ran properly, it would've easily been my favorite in the series since the 2D days.

 
 

Puppy friend! This one turned out very nice, and I really like the design on this guy. Designed by Muneji Fuchimoto.


 
 

Over the holiday I finally got myself Elden Ring. I really enjoy it so far; the level design is fantastic and the characters are neat. That said, I've fallen completely out of love with Soulslike storytelling. It's all just grandiose gibberish to me.

 
 

Turns out that this year for Christmas I got COVID. Worst possible time, too!

 
 

Steadily progressing through Persona 5; it's really rather good. I think I'm somewhat nearing the end, and by now I'm getting to the point of "going through the motions" waiting for the credits. In fairness, it took over 85 hours for that feeling to hit.

 
 

Who's that Pokémon? It's an origami Dragapult! Despite everything I'm quite enjoying Pokémon. I caught a Dreepy the other day, so I was inspired. This was more complicated than expected, but I really like how it turned out. Designed by "sakusaku858".


 
 

I'm really enjoying my time with Persona 5 on Switch! I was worried because I had seen some very awkward localisation in P5, but it seems Royal fixed a lot of that! Still major overuse of the stock phrase "To think..." though. Who says that?


 
 

I caved and bought Pokémon (although GF wanted Scarlet, so I got Violet and have to miss out on sexy cavewoman professor), and I found both Persona 5 and Harvestella on sale. Basically, I'll have shit to play for approximately the next year.

 
 

For the first time it's actually hard to decide whether or not I'm getting the new Pokémon. Everything I hear is: "It's really fun!" "But the performance is horrible" "But it's really fun though!" "But the performance is still horrible".

 
 

Sakurai making a video just to show pictures of his cat. He's so precious!....and the cat is cute too.

 
 
 

Very early (like 1 hour) impressions of Mario + Rabbids 2: I'm liking it so far and it made some interesting changes to the formula. This isn't better or worse than the original so much as 'different'. That said, it does feel a bit more fiddly somehow.

 
 

Busy times lately, but it's calming down a bit. Teaching will be done next week (except for grading...). Also, it's still in early stages, but me and my LDR are trying to get back together after a "break". So, have a quokka! (Designed by Anicé Claudéon)


 
 

I know I am old and jaded, but I still don't understand why a series whose single memorable plot beat is "Your princess is in another castle" needs to be turned into a movie in the first place.

 
 

This is legit part of my research into competition, privacy, and the digital market. Facebook's takeover of Giphy was blocked by the UK authorities because of data issues and market distortion. In response, Giphy's argument for the upcoming court case:


 
 

As the world mourns The Queen of England, I'm mourning a very different soul today. Today it's already (only) been 5 years since my dad passed. Lots has happened since, that I wish I could've shared. I'm sure he'd be proud of me; I've come a long way.

 
 

I just watched a feature film's length worth of cutscenes in Xenoblade 3, and it was entirely worth it. The hits just keep coming with this game!

 
 

Chameleon friend! Designed by Wonseon Seo. Quite happy with how this turned out: the paper is thick enough that the tail actually supports it hanging. Chameleon are fascinating, they're like the Terminators of the animal kingdom. #karmakarmachameleon


 
 

Taking a break from XC3 to finish Live-A-Live. Nearing the end, and I've enjoyed it a lot. It does suck that I got spoiled in that stupid coy "Boy howdy I sure hope nothing bad happens to [character X], that would suck!" kind of way. Pic semi-related.


 
 

From now on, any time I find some money on the street, I'm going to proudly announce it with: "Whoa, got a RARE doo-dah right here!"

 
 

Snuff me, Xenoblade 3 is by far the most complex the series has ever been. Over a dozen hours in (because work T.T) and the game is still stacking on new mechanics. Even XC1's gem crafting (which I never grasped) or XCX's map don't come close. Love it!

 
 

Pursuit ~ Cornered goes with everything. And by "everything" I mean "Awful people getting legally dunked on."

 
 

About ShadeOfLightone of us since 7:43 AM on 07.16.2010

The Dutch one, Grand Marshal of the Nintendo Defense Force, heckler of GajKnight, and zen personified; I am ShadeOfLight, one of your Community Managers .



I'm a Dutch law PhD who loves to play the vidya. I'm a Nintendo-fanboy at heart, and I could play Zelda games continuously from now until the end of time. I also used to be on the Cblog Recaps team for Thursdays, and I did that for 4 whole years.

Next to Zelda I'm also obsessed with the Monolith Soft RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and the Baten Kaitos series. I will not pass up the opportunity to mention them, ever, and I consider myself to be Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean's biggest fan. I'm fairly certain Monolith Soft exists specifically to make me happy.



Being the good Nintendo fanboy that I am, the Switch is the new love of my life. I'm on a steady course of turning it into a Nintendo + Indies machine, as Iwata intended.

Even a list of my favorite games across all platforms will be dominated by Nintendo and indie, with a few wild cards here and there.

Besides gaming itself, I like reading up on gaming-related news on my favorite website in the whole wide world: Destructoid. I'm pretty much here all the time. I love all the people here, and I'm glad that I get to be a part of this whole thing. Wouldn't know what to do without you!

And it turns out you guys love me too!
I've had some blogs promoted:
- Because VIDEOGAMES!
- Digital Property: Entering the Third Age
- Better with Age: Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Waifu Wars: Midriff or Bust
- And posted as The Wombat: 2014: I want to make love to you. Seriously.

MikeyTurvey drew me as an archer:


StriderHoang made me a Trading Card:


and a Spell Card for The Wombat:


Meanderbot drew me plus himself and Pixielated drinking root beer:


RobertoPlankton drew the following scenario based on my username and avatar:


And Alphadeus wrote me a theme song:
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